Water temps remain relatively high, in the 77-78 range, and fishing is high on the heat gauge as well. Inshore, reds, flounder and trout are heating up the action. Near shore big spanish are providing the heat and offshore, the kings and albacore are providing some smoking action.
Now here’s my report:
Inshore: Reds are biting in the creeks, around the docks in the ICW and the inlets. We are catching them on live bait and artificials, Blurp and Gulp. Flounder are hot in the creeks, the inlets and Snow’s Cut. They are biting best on live bait fished on a carolina rig.
Near Shore: Bluefish (good size) are biting at the mouth of the inlets on high tide. They are hitting your favorite jigging spoon. Very nice Spanish mackerel are biting near the beach and outside the inlets. Trolling clarkspoons and Yozuri Deep Divers are producing some very nice fish. When you see them on top you can cast to them with small jigs and catch them on light spinning tackle. Gray trout and flounder are biting at the near shore reefs.
Offshore: Kings and false albacore are providing most of the action. Look for fish in the 8 to 25 mile range. Live poagies work very well as do cigar minnows and ballyhoo when slow trolling and for those who like to move a bit faster, the 3 1/2 drone spoon rigged on a planer will get the job done.
Gulfstream: I have had reports of some wahoo and plenty of big kings.
Upcoming: Fall fishing is beginning its big push and will only be getting better as temps decline. Next weekend the
Rod-Man will be fishing the Cape Fear Red-Trout Tournament to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. It’s a great tournament and it’s a great cause.
Until next time….
LET’S GO FISHING!!!
Capt. Rick Bennett